COVID-19: Nigeria Records 542 New Cases As Death Toll Rises To 1,862

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has released the latest data on the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in the country.

In its daily update on Monday, it said 542 new cases were detected in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The cases included 99 in Lagos State, 91 in Kwara State, 48 in Ebonyi State, 44 in Ogun State. 42 in Kaduna State, 33 in Oyo State, 25 in Ondo State, and 24 in the FCT.

Others were from Kebbi (23), Osun (20), Ekiti (17), Nasarawa (12), Imo (11), Delta (10), Gombe (9), Kano (8), Katsina (7), Rivers (7), Edo (5), Plateau (4), and Bauchi (3).

The NCDC also disclosed that the recovery of 681 infected persons was reported across the country.

The centre added that the report included 193 community recoveries in Lagos and 113 community recoveries in Kwara managed in line with guidelines.

However, 23 patients were reported dead from the deadly virus.

The NCDC said the number included backlog of deaths recorded in Lagos.

As of Monday night, the nation had recorded a total of 152,616 cases of COVID-19.

While 129,300 infected persons have recovered, 1,862 fatalities have been recorded.

Monday’s report maintained the recent trend of declining new cases.

Speaking at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the trend compares with global observations of seeming decline in Covid cases, signifying that the second wave may be receding.

“We are, however, not drawing conclusions yet and certainly not declaring victory, but rather watching developments as they unfold nationally and internationally, ready to make use of comparative advantages that may emerge,” he added.

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